It was a championship night at Gotham Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar last Tuesday, as Lennox Lewis and Sugar Ray Leonard dined together. Word is the boxing legends ordered enormous steaks almost as big as themselves. It should be noted that fellow pugilist — and sometimes director — Uwe Boll did not join his prizefighting comrades; then again, word has it Boll only fights with film critics and Hollywood celebrities.

Panettiere and family descend on Brix:
Also last week, over at Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar, Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and her family dined on local B.C. cuisine in the glass-covered outdoor courtyard. Panettiere is here shooting I Love You Beth Cooper, a comedy in which a nerdy valedictorian proclaims his love for the hottest and most popular girl in school — Beth Cooper (Panettiere) — during his graduation speech, only to find Beth at his doorstep that very same day willing to show him the best night of his life.

Caprica’s cast takes shape: Esai Morales — who previously starred on CBS’ ill-fated series Jericho — will be heading for Vancouver soon. Morales is the second actor to join the cast of SCI-FI Channel’s Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Caprica, which kicks off production soon. Set 50 years before the events portrayed in Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families — the Greystones and the Adamas — as they grow, compete and thrive in the vibrant world of the 12 Colonies, where artificial intelligence is evolving. Morales will portray the integrity-laden, yet ruthless Joseph Adama, father of William Adama, the future admiral of the Battlestar Galactica.

Paula Malcomson (who ironically appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence: AI) has also been cast in Caprica as the female lead, Amanda Graystone. The hard-edged Malcomson previously appeared on ABC’s Lost, and also in HBO’s acerbic Western Deadwood, where she played a reformed prostitute. The actress has also appeared in films such as Tombstone and The Green Mile.

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